My SIL came to me about a month ago and said "Tee I learned my lesson about ordering dresses from China! I want you to make me a red gown". Of course it would have been better if she asked in September. She's a great friend so I said of course! She choose this Vogue dress pattern, because she liked the neckline, sleeves, and bottom flounce.
Ok, so when a person does this I go to my Wildginger software and create the silhouette, then using the flat pattern method I add the details they like. Works like a charm every time!
Because my SIL is a DD cup I'd have to do FBA on the pattern anyway. The great thing about the software is you enter the bust and cup size so there are usually only minimal adjustments---nowhere near the work of a full bust adjustment!!!!!
I made up the muslin minus the sleeves and bottom flounce in a woven and it fit pretty good. Of course she said she wanted to get rid of the ease. No problem since she choose a knit fabric. The pattern called for woven. So using the muslin as my pattern, I eliminated 1/2 inch from one side of each pattern piece and that gave her the "body-con" fit she wanted.
I used a beautiful Italian Designer Double knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. It was substantial enough that I didn't have to line it. I made a facing instead. I used the serger to hem the flounce and sleeves. I used regular thread in the needle and upper looper because it's thicker than Serger thread and the 3-thread rolled hem covered the fabric edges pretty nicely!
My homemade seam roll is perfect for pressing long seams without having to move the roll up and down.
The key to great pressed seams is using a clapper and letting it cool before you move it!
I love my Reliable steam iron!!!!
She's wearing the gown Friday so I'll post pics of her in it later.